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Farmers Markets Offer Fresh Options
June 27, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox You can choose from a rainbow of fresh produce here each week at the Pullman Square Farmer's Market or six days a week at Huntington's first local food market, The Wild Ramp.

"Right now we have lots of zucchini, cucumbers, so many different varieties of greens as well as we're starting to have tomatoes come in, and squash," Raine Klover, Communications and Outreach manager for The Wild Ramp, said

There are many benefits to shopping a farmers market.

"It tastes better," Russel Prichard, who runs the Pullman Square Farmer's Market each Wednesday from now through October, said. "This is ripe on the vine. It's pulled up one day we sell it the next day."

He said about the goods they sell. It comes from about a 50-mile radius of Huntington, so it's about as fresh as you can get.

"We have onions that were just picked today that are in baskets waiting to be bought," Klover said.

Less travel time often means less cost to the consumer, and the money you spend locally helps support the local economy.

"You're supporting your friends and neighbors when you're buying food from the Wild Ramp," Klover said.

Most markets offer more than just fruits and veggies. The Wild Ramp, which moved from Heritage Station to a bigger location in Central City this spring, has local meat, dairy products, baked goods, and even pasta.

"I come in and wander around and think, 'Hmmm what will we have for dinner tonight?' Last night it was brats," Denise Pittenger said.

She not only shops here, she's also an artisan and a volunteer.

"It's nice to have a place where things are fresh and people are concerned about their health," she said.

The demand for locally grown food continues to increase.

"People are more interested in buying stuff that's not got so much herbicides in it," said Prichard.

"I think there's a great demand and swelling need of people that want to eat better and they want to get out and be more active," Klover said. "I think you can see that, because we have succeeded and I'm really excited to be a part of that movement here.

People are also getting better access to local growers. There are 130 producers at the Wild Ramp, and their neighbor, Central City Farmer's Market is set to open this weekend.

"We're excited to be working in the same space as them, and their customers are going to find out about the Wild Ramp, and Wild Ramp customers are going to find out all the different things that they have to offer as well, I think it's going to be a really beneficial partnership for both of us," Klover said.

You can stop by to pick out a new fruit or vegetable, and if you don't know how to prepare it, just ask your favorite producer.

The Wild Ramp is located on 14th Street West, and their hours are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Central City Market, located behind The Wild Ramp, is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. until sold out. The Pullman Square market is open each Wednesday through late October from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can find a market near you here: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/


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